Covid-19: a group of teachers files a complaint against Jean-Michel Blanquer for “endangering the lives of others”


The complaint, signed by 55 members of the “Red Pens”, was received Monday by the Court of Justice of the Republic.

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Angry teachers. The collective of Red pens filed a complaint for “endangering the life of others” against the Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer, accused of “do not protect personnel in contact with children” who “spread the virus” of Covid-19, he announced on Tuesday AFP.

The complaint, signed by 55 members of the collective, was received Monday by the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR), the only one authorized to investigate a minister in the exercise of his functions, according to a judicial source.

“We are faced with a minister who is in total denial of reality: he told us that we were no longer in danger at home than at school, that there were no cases in schools, which has lowered the figures … While schools are exploding “, told AFP Nicolas Glière, spokesperson for the collective which claims 74,200 members, teachers and education staff.

“Children are spreading the virus and schools are clusters, it’s true. We would have liked schools not to close, but now we have no choice”, he added. Nicolas Glière criticizes Jean-Michel Blanquer for “do not protect staff who are in constant contact with children” and not having listened to teachers’ alerts on contamination in schools.

“We were not heard, we are in danger, people have fallen seriously ill, nothing has been done: the complaint is a necessity”, summarized this French teacher in a Parisian college.

The collective of Red pens, created in December 2018, “demands the closure of schools in the most affected areas and the passage in half groups elsewhere to protect education staff and families”.



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